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A Waddicar
L Lockett
Sat 10 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria Full time

Six From Six

Bolton 7 Keswick 3

This was always going to be a deciding game for Bolton, as Keswick have been doing very well in the League this season. The scene was set for an enthralling encounter at The Avenue.

The conditions were not the best with rain falling throughout the match, which made the pitch quite muddy and handling the ball difficult. Bolton started very spritely and were on top for the first twenty minutes. The tackling in defence was very organised, Keswick found it difficult to cope with this pressure. The deadlock was broken in the twenty-seventh minute when Bolton had a scrum on the half way line. The ball was moved swiftly down the backs and Andy Wood made a good break, he then passed the ball to Alex Waddicar, who in turn passed to Rhys Pritchard. Rhys beat his man on the outside, Keswick full back came across to make the tackle. Rhys drew him and passed back inside for Alex Waddicar to score. Lewis Lockett added the conversion. Bolton applied even more pressure but were not able to add to their score in the remaining minutes to half-time.

Half-time score: Bolton 7 Keswick 0

At the start of the second half Bolton’s defence was dominate again. Keswick found it hard to make ground and were forced into errors. Keswick had a couple of occasions in Bolton’s twenty-two, but Bolton’s co-ordinated defence held them out. In the forty-eighth minute Keswick were awarded a penalty for off-side and it was converted. The conditions worsened as the game progressed and both sides were making handling errors. It was nail biting towards the end, but Bolton held on for a very good win.

Full time: Bolton 7 Keswick 3

It was a hard-fought match and both sides played well in the conditions. Bolton showed a lot of character during the game and it was pleasing that they won. They have now won all their six games in 2018. The Man of the Match was second row, Mark Chapplehow.

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Mark Chappelhow

Player of the Match

Mark Chappelhow

Key moments

Try Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
Conversion Lewis Lockett kicks a conversion for Bolton


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80:00 Player of the Match
Mark Chappelhow is awarded player of the match for Bolton
End of period 1
27:00 Try 5 - 0
Alex Waddicar scores for Bolton
27:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Lewis Lockett kicks a conversion for Bolton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bolton
  • Keswick
  • 0
  • Alex Waddicar Try 27:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Conversion 27:00'

Team selection

Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Shacklock, Kieran Shacklock, Kieran
Brownlow, Chris Brownlow, Chris
Wood, Andrew Wood, Andrew
Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Lockett, Lewis Lockett, Lewis
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
McClusky, Ryan McClusky, Ryan
Orrell, Connor Orrell, Connor
Critchlow, Louis Critchlow, Louis
Chappelhow, Mark Chappelhow, Mark
Tailor, Manny Tailor, Manny
Cockton, Chris Cockton, Chris
Evans, Gareth Evans, Gareth

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. De La Salle (Salford) 26 98
2. Aspatria 26 97
3. Bolton 26 95
4. Wigton 26 82
5. Keswick 26 81
6. Oldham 26 76
7. Tarleton 26 75

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